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Surgery Process Guide to Transumbilical Breast Augmentation (TUBA)

“Advantages of TUBA: 

-Very little breast tissue is disturbed

-Incisions are far away from the placement of the implants, which can decrease the risk of infection

-Breast augmentation scars are invisible” – Dr Frenzel, AdvancedCosmeticSurgery.org 

TUBA breast augmentations require an incision to be made in the umbilical (navel). The implant is then moved up to its correct position under the nipples.


You will be given a general anaesthetic.

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Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

Your surgeon makes an incision in the umbilicus area.


Next, your surgeon will insert the implant via the navel.

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Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

Once fully inserted, the implant is then repositioned; transferred up into its correct position under the pectoral tissue.


The incision is then closed.

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Complications / Negligence Signs

The surgical technique with TUBA makes positioning the implant correctly much harder, so there is more risk of complications.

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Cosmetic Surgery Complication

With the TUBA procedure, there is a heightened risk of damaging the breast tissue.

Surgical Risks

The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, which means there are several risks you should be aware of. However, please note that these risks are very rare (typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000). 

Risks include:

-Anaphylaxis (a harmful reaction to the anaesthetic)

Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic

In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).

These problems are more likely to arise if:

you are undergoing emergency surgery

you have other illnesses 

you are a smoker

you are overweight 

Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation. 


Before going ahead with any cosmetic procedure it’s imperative you consider both the psychological and financial associations. You can familiarise yourself with these key considerations here, by reading the S.A.F.E Choice Guide. 

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